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Updated: Oct 7, 2023

If you want to show off a handmade crochet swimsuit when summer is approaching, you'll need to get to work. Don't worry, I'm not talking about going to the gym; it's not that kind of work! You need to sit down, grab your hook and yarn, and start crocheting!

woman wears yellow crochet bikini
© Drops Design

Things to consider when crocheting a swimsuit

Even if you don't want to get wet and just want to wear your bikini for sunbathing by the pool or underneath a handmade cover-up at the beach, there are a few things you should consider before starting.

Choosing a suitable yarn is of great importance. Of course, the best yarns are those designed for swimsuits, but they're not always easily available, and you probably want to use yarn from your stash.

Since swimwear is in contact with your skin and sensitive areas, it's best to avoid yarns that'll scratch or irritate your skin. Yarns intended for baby clothes are a safe choice.

woman wears green crochet swimsuit
© Filipa Carneiro

The second major concern is how the yarn reacts with water. Synthetic fibers don't absorb as much water as cotton. But if you're looking for a more sustainable and eco-friendly alternative to traditional swimwear material and want to use cotton, keep in mind that it gets heavy with water and sags; it'll give in. To avoid this, choose yarns that have a blend of cotton with elastane or spandex so that your bikini holds its shape. Using a slightly smaller needle size than the yarn label calls for for extra negative ease is also a good idea.

Also, cotton takes longer to dry, and believe me, it's not comfortable to wear a wet swimsuit on a windy beach!

woman wears red crochet bikini
© Drops Design

Another thing to consider when choosing the yarn is its color reaction to chemicals often found in pool water, like chlorine. If you can, make a swatch and see how it reacts. Also, take notice if the dye rubs off on your skin.

In short, look for a smooth yarn that dries fast, with spandex or elastane to hold its shape, and make several crochet bikinis, one for each occasion.

If you're looking for new yarns for you next summer project, make sure to check out our article about beautiful summer yarns.


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